CBC.ca quotes Toronto and Ottawa Lawyer Guy Giorno in an article about the P.E.I lobby registry.
An Ottawa lawyer who's a leading expert on lobbyist legislation across the country says a new bill put forward by the P.E.I. government represents a big step forward. However Guy Giorno, partner in the firm Fasken Martineau DuMoulin, said "gaps in the proposed law mean many lobbying activities would continue to be undisclosed."
Giorno, who also served for a time as Stephen Harper's chief of staff, said enforcement measures in the legislation are strong, with fines of up to $25,000 for lobbyists who break the rules. But he said the bill also includes a few "curious sections" which would allow lobbying to go ahead without public disclosure.
“If you call yourself a lobbyist or you call yourself a lawyer … everybody on the Island who lobbies should be transparent," said Giorno. "Lawyers shouldn't get a pass on that."